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Portman to deliver remarks at Feb. 19 Business Leaders Breakfast hosted by Harrison Economic Development Department and Cincinnati State
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Thursday, February 14, 2013 9:02 PM

Portman will visit prior to Cincinnati State’s dedication of new airport hangars

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman will visit Cincinnati State’s airport campus near Harrison on Tuesday, Feb. 19, prior to a ceremony to celebrate the construction of two new aircraft hangars at the complex.
The dedication ceremony for the hangars will begin at 10 a.m. at the Cincinnati West Airport, located at 10004 West Road, Harrison, Ohio, 45030, adjacent to Harrison High School.

Prior to the ceremony, the city of Harrison’s Economic Development Department and Cincinnati State will host a Business Leaders Breakfast at the Cincinnati State Harrison campus, which abuts the airport at 10030 West Road. That event will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sen. Portman will discuss economic and workforce development issues. He will be introduced by Cincinnati State President O’dell M. Owens, who will likely discuss the College’s role in the regional economy. 

The new “T” style hangars at the Cincinnati West airport will nearly double its current capacity. The project includes 20 new “T” hangar units, four helicopter/office/storage units and 2 corporate style box hangar units. The new structures include electric bi-fold doors, a comprehensive security system and, in some hangars, space for an office or maintenance equipment.

Cincinnati State manages and operates the airport facility, runway, aircraft storage, fueling and safety related items, and contracts with a private vendor to provide aircraft maintenance and repair, flying lessons, scenic rides and other services. In addition to the new hangars, in recent years the College has completed runway and taxiway pavement improvements and the installation of an AWOS III automated weather system for pilots. Federal grants played a crucial role in those projects.

Even before the recent closure of the general aviation airport in Blue Ash, demand for hangar space at the Cincinnati West Airport exceeded supply. Consultants told the Cincinnati State board of trustees that they expect lease revenue from the new hangars, increased fuel sales and other sources to cover the construction cost of the new structures.  To date the College has spent about $895,000 on the project; the final cost is expected to be approximately $1.035 million.

The dedication ceremony is open to the public; the breakfast is by invitation only (but open to the working press). For more information about these events, or about the airport, please contact Frances Cottle at (513) 569-5786 or frances.cottle@cincinnatistate.edu.